Broccoli Sprouting Summer Purple Seeds

Broccoli Sprouting Summer Purple Seeds

Brassica oleracea (Italica group)

Item #0290

60-90 days. Sprouting broccoli produces shoots (rather than one head) and is easier to grow than common broccoli. Unlike most other sprouting varieties, Summer Purple does not need a cold period to start production. It continues to produce throughout the heat of summer and early fall. Fresh spears are beautiful on vegetable trays, and can be steamed or stir-fried for a tender, succulent, nutritious addition to any meal. Purple florets “magically” turn green when heated!

This packet yields 24 plants when started indoors.

Days to Emerge:
7-14 days

Seed Depth:
1/8"

Seed Spacing:
1 seed every 24"

Row Spacing:
18"

Thinning:
Not required

When to sow outside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before average last frost, or as soon as soil can be worked. Also in late summer for fall harvest. Mild Climates: Sow in late fall for winter, early spring harvest.

When to start inside: 4 to 6 weeks before average last frost.

Harvesting: Cut the top florets first when they are 1"–2" across just before the yellow flowers open. Harvest the side florets in the weeks after. Harvest just a few florets from each plant at a time so plants are not shocked, but harvest frequently to encourage continued production. Broccoli leaves and stems are also edible.

Artist: Susan Rubin

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